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Safety Instrumented Systems Vs Process Control Systems

David Yoset | March 27th, 2017 When choosing a control system for your facility, there are many factors to take into consideration including system reliability (translated into plant uptime), upkeep and maintenance costs, installation costs, compatibility with installed control systems, quality of support from manufacturers, etc. But what about process safety? When is it necessary to

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Determining Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) for Your Process Application

David Yoset | March 21st, 2017 Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) are installed in Process Plants to mitigate process hazards by taking the process to a “safe state” when predetermined set points have been exceeded or when safe operating conditions have been transgressed. The SIS is one Protection Layer in a multi-layered safety approach since no single safety

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How to Migrate from APACS to Siemens PCS 7

John Walker | December 13th, 2016 Since Siemens acquired Moore Products in 2000, they have dutifully supplied the hardware for the very popular APACS Control System. However, APACS was announced “mature” in 2010 with planned support running through September 2020. The support will not abruptly end on October 1, 2020, but it will not be guaranteed

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Cross Company’s Instrumentation Group & Phoenix Contact

Andrew Abernathy | December 7th, 2016 KNOXVILLE, TN – Cross Company’s Instrumentation Group is excited to announce our appointment as the Process Automation Partner for Phoenix Contact. This agreement covers the full geographic area of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and northern Florida. Phoenix Contact manufactures products that will help customers collect, protect, and

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IOT Threats: How Legacy Control Systems and Good Intentions Could Lead to Network Intrusion

Eli Jenkins | November 28th, 2016 Stop! Have you read How the Internet of Things Impacts Process Manufacturing Environments? Something just feels right when it comes to implementing new advanced technology into our workplace. The coming together of more information with hope for increased productivity and a hearty slap on the back from your boss. It feels

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Key Questions That Prevent Unexpected Downtime (UDT)

Brendan Quigley | November 15th, 2016 Perhaps one of the hardest facets to quantify in the industrial world is the monetary impact of unexpected downtime (UDT). UDT is often roped into the equally challenging return-on-investment (ROI) when trying to justify a path forward to address UDT. If the goal of these quantifications is to obtain 100% indisputable calculations on

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What Comprises a Good Control Panel Design?

Barry Meade | November 10th, 2016 Most of us have seen a clean, well-organized control panel out on the factory floor – you know it when you see it! Conversely, you also know a poorly designed panel when you see it – not well laid out, crowded, messy, wires hanging all over the place, etc. Whereas

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Flow Measurement: The Truth About Upstream and Downstream Pipe Diameters

Jeff Weiss | November 10th, 2016 Recently I was having a discussion with a colleague of mine regarding flow measurement and some of the typical issues he encounters. Without question, one of the most common issues is an incorrectly sized flow meter, followed by poor installation. I spent the last 14 years of my career working in

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How to Configure PLCSIM for AS-Wide Communication between SIMATIC H Stations

Josh Dalzell | November 8th, 2016 If you have ever worked with SIMATIC H Stations, you probably found that PLCSIM does not fully support them. PLCSIM simulates each individual controller just fine, but if you try to get two of these controllers to talk to each other with PLCSIM, it simply doesn’t work. I recently worked on a

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